To wrap up my posts on the Bag Lady swap, here are the other two knitted bags I made for my swap partner Vanessa, to go along with Wednesday.
As Vanessa doesn’t carry much stuff around with her day to day (having 3 kids to wrangle doesn’t leave your hands free for much!) and she wears denim a lot, I thought a small bag with an over the body strap would be the most useful – and what better to make it of than Rowan Denim!
I love the “Friends Activity” tab in Ravelry – so many people were very helpfully queuing bag patterns…and I found this one through that. It’s the Best Friends
pattern by Kristen Goedert from Knitty Winter 2005. I modified it by adding a garter stitch edging and not using a bag frame for the top and handle. I lined it and used D rings to attach the fabric strap, and used a press stud for the closure (oh I wish I’d found a magnetic one though!)
I also made the strap adjustable – one of the buttons is just sewn on, the other actually works!
So if you undo the button, you can pull the strap through the D-ring, and then button it onto the other (sewn on only) button, to make the strap a lot shorter – if you wanted to put it over your shoulder instead.Yarn: 1.5 x 50g balls of Rowan Denim in shade 229 (lot 1E4)
Sticks: KnitPicks Harmony Options, 4mm
22 February 2008 – 26 March 2008 – actually much quicker to knit than this, it was just the finishing and sewing in the lining etc that took the time – because I was procrastinating!What I learnt:
Try to get the lining to be the exact same size as the bag (only a fraction smaller) – otherwise you have to ease in the bag while sewing in the lining, and that’s a bit of a pain – trust me on this!
The second bag was a market/string bag – good for shopping, or holding yarn, or for having a spare bag in the car, or whatever!
I used a combination of Amy Singer’s Everlasting Bagstopper
from Knitty Summer 2007, and a freebie from Plymouth yarns’ website, Plymouth Yarn Fantasy Naturale Market Bag
– I gave the bag a square base, rather than rectangular (as in Amy’s pattern) and I used the lacework pattern from the Plymouth bag as it was less open (and I figured less likely for stuff to fall out!).
Yarn: Spotlight generic 8ply cotton in col 5055 spring green (or “green bag green” as I was thinking when I bought it) – 3x50g balls – exactly – I think I had about 2m of yarn left over when I cast off!
Sticks: KnitPicks Harmony Options 4mm, 6mm and 7mm (love love love the options and being able to change tips! Very handy for a project like this)
What I learnt: a bag like this takes longer than you think it will – but not really that long! I’d possibly make the handles a bit longer next time – it’s hard to know, as the bag will likely stretch, so you don’t want the handles that long that you have to put them over your shoulder, but equally you want them long enough so that you can if you want to!